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ISO testing

Demo example

mkusb versions 9 - 11 and mkusb-nox make ISO testing very convenient, when the new daily build is to be recloned.

A whole sequence of windows are shown here in 'quarter size' (half-width x half-height). If you click on a picture, the full size screenshot is displayed.

The task of this example is to install the daily Lubuntu iso file from Xubuntu 14.04 LTS, but the method works with the current versions too. This demo also shows how fast it can be with a USB 3 pendrive. Such a pendrive will also be much faster than a standard USB 2 pendrive during booting.

Download the iso file

  • Download the iso file incrementally with zsync with a batch file containing

zsync http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/daily-live/current/utopic-desktop-i386.iso.zsync

Install the iso file into a USB pendrive

  • You can install mkusb with the instructions at ../v9#Installation. It is rather well tested now, definitely enough for iso testers. The bleeding edge version is found at http://phillw.net/isos/linux-tools/mkusb/

  • Install utopic-desktop-i386.iso into a USB pendrive with mkusb. It works from an installed system as well as from a live session.

Introductory windows

The following introductory windows are shown when mkusb is started from its ordinary desktop file:

  • password window (xterm)
  • mkusb console (xterm) - will receive output from the processes behind the curtain
  • splash (testing that zenity works) and welcome windows (zenity)

attachment:../pictures/90-mkusb-in-xubuntu_enter-password.png

attachment:../pictures/78-mkusb-in-xubuntu_splash.png

attachment:../pictures/79-mkusb-in-xubuntu_welcome-and-warning.png

Installing again alias iso testing - very fast process

with a fast USB 3 pendrive in a USB 2 port of the computer

Time to copy / flash / clone : 21 s

attachment:isotest-01-mkusb-in-xubuntu_starter-menu_select-to-install.png

attachment:isotest-02-mkusb-in-xubuntu_iso-testing_update-iso-image.png

attachment:isotest-03-mkusb-in-xubuntu_iso-testing_update-done.png

with an ordinary (reliable but slow) pendrive

Time to copy / flash / clone : 146 - 150 s

attachment:../pictures/88-mkusb-in-xubuntu_installing-again_alias_iso-testing_update-iso-image.png

attachment:../pictures/89-mkusb-in-xubuntu_installing-again_alias_iso-testing_update-done.png

First time - more windows with information to read and decisions to make

For comparison, here is the sequence of window dialogues for a first time or one time installation into a pendrive.

attachment:../pictures/80-mkusb-in-xubuntu_starter-menu_no-image-file-selected.png

attachment:../pictures/81-mkusb-in-xubuntu_select-source-file.png

attachment:../pictures/82-mkusb-in-xubuntu_starter-menu_selected-utopic-desktop-i386.iso.png

attachment:../pictures/83-mkusb-in-xubuntu_check-system-in-seleced-file.png

attachment:../pictures/84-mkusb-in-xubuntu_select-device_warning-and-overview.png

attachment:../pictures/85-mkusb-in-xubuntu_select-device_and-go-ahead.png

attachment:../pictures/86-mkusb-in-xubuntu_select-device_final-warning.png

attachment:../pictures/87-mkusb-in-xubuntu_work-done.png


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mkusb/isotesting (last edited 2017-09-07 11:03:14 by ister-kokos)